Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music - Sunday 16 November 9pm

Brace yourself for a bumpy ride as Catherine Bott summons up some musical storms.

Tonight Catherine Bott asks the question, 'How have composers depicted man's relationship with the elements?'

The great composers share something in common with most British people: they have a fascination for the weather. So brace yourself for a stormy night. 

The programme kicks off with Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in E flat, subtitled 'The Storm at Sea'. Then there are further storms brewing on the horizon from Verdi's Otello, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Vaughan Williams' soundtrack to Scott of the Antarctic, and Britten's Peter Grimes before the long anticipated 'Cloudburst' from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé, the original orchestrator of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Pressure dwindles a little with a Debussy prelude and Grey Clouds by Liszt, before the calm aftermath as the credits roll with James Horner's score from the film, The Perfect Storm.

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